What You'll Get
Tea was discovered in ancient China when a leaf blew in the window and landed in the emperor's bath, which he was slurping through a straw. Sip leaves steeped more decorously with today's deal: for $5, you get $10 worth of tea at Elaine's Tea Shoppe, located on Monroe Street. This Groupon is only valid toward purchases of loose-leaf tea, cups of iced tea or hot tea to go, and in-house tea service. It is only valid toward in-store purchases.
Self-designated "tea lady" Elaine Terman stocks her shop with nearly 150 kinds of premium tea, including many blends from her Wild Orchid tea line. Opt for a cup ($3 for iced or regular) of one of the 30 varieties of loose-leaf quality dwelling in Elaine's boudoir of brewed bliss, or build the cornerstone in your teabag fortress with one of the 100 bulk orders of tea ($5 on average for a 50-gram bag, $10 on average for 100-gram bag). The house favorite UnWrinkleMe Tea ($12.20 for 1.5 ounces), a healing blend of high-antioxidant white teas mixed with a touch of black tea, permeates the senses with a comforting vanilla-bean flavor while antioxidants ruthlessly pulverize free radicals attempting to forage dermal layers. The Dillon House Blend ($10 for 3 ounces), created specifically for the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center's Dillon House, is derived from Sri Lankan tea leaves and, like Batman and Alfred, is a classically complementing duo made of raspberries and cream. Other varieties include the Wild Orchid organic oolong ($12.25 for 1 ounce), classic English breakfast ($7 for 3 ounces), and an after-dinner herbal tea ($7.25 for 2 ounces). Alleviate overheating bodices from the tyrannical rule of summer with the lavender lemonade ($3), or silence the banshee wails of hungry stomachs with a scone ($4.35).
Meet up with porcelain action figures you've lost touch with and enjoy a pot of tea ($3.50 per person) in Elaine's elegantly simple tearoom, or just peruse the inventory of elixirs for the best blend to please the palette and bring a peace of mind known only to Zen Buddhists after wisdom teeth removal.
Though Elaine's Tea Shoppe has yet to receive many online reviews, it was featured in a piece by the Toledo Blade featuring three niche restaurants worth exploring in the Toledo area. The shop was reviewed by TeaMuse.com, and customer testimonials are available at the business's website.
- …a sweet little shop, filled to the brim with more tea and tea-related paraphernalia than I ever knew existed. – Bill of Fare, Toledo Blade
- It's truly a worthwhile stop, and an oasis of civility in an otherwise hectic world. – Sharon Hutchinson, TeaMuse.com
- In the past I’ve always just bought tea bags from the grocery store, but I bought several of your decaf teas about a month ago and I drink them all the time (the decaf green is my favorite). I even gave a tea basket away this year for Christmas! – Mary, Testimonial
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Feb 11, 2011. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy 2 add'l as gifts. Valid only for loose leaf teas, cups of iced or warm tea, and in-house tea services. Valid for in-store purchases only. Minimum $10 for credit card. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.
About Elaine's Tea Shoppe
Elaine Terman loves tea. Dubbed The Tea Lady for her extensive knowledge of steeping brews, Elaine draws on a tea-master certification and a background in medical technology when crafting her Wild Orchid brand of 150 distinct loose-leaf teas. Inside Elaine’s Tea Shoppe, amid shelves stocked with tea accessories and local honey, patrons dine on French-press tea and made-from-scratch scones. Teas are served with real Devonshire cream from England scooped with metal spoons crafted from the upturned pinkies of British robots. Elaine’s passion for herbs extends to a diverse inventory of wellness items, such as aromatherapy candles, oils, and medicinal herbs. When she’s not sharing her knowledge at speaking engagements or agreeing to disagree with cups of coffee, she’s teaching tea classes and publishing books on her tea-centric adventures.